Professor Angela Smith

Professor Angela Smith

Professor of Modern Literature

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)


Reader in English


1989-92 - BA (Hons) degree in English and History - First class honours

Roehampton Institute London

1992-93 - MA in Twentieth Century Literature

University of Sussex

1993-1997 - ROEHAMPTON INSTITUTE LONDON - (1993-4 Teaching Assistantship at Roehampton)

PhD: The Great War and the Emergence of Female Modernism – awarded December 1997

1998 - SEDA accreditation as a teacher in Higher Education

University of Plymouth Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Teaching interests

War Writing Since 1914 

This third year module builds on my particular research expertise in a range of different writings of the First World War and others. It explores some of the writings of war, published in various countries since 1914, examining the texts and experiences of both men and women. The module includes a number of genres: prose fiction, poetry, life writing and film, placed within an appropriate critical framework and offers an understanding of the way writing has developed to illustrate the impact of war during the last hundred years. 

Writing War 1850-1950: The Impact of Modernity
This MA module, again drawing on my primary research interest,  explores the impact of modernity on the experience of warfare from c. 1850 to the end of the Second World War. Using a range of written records by both men and women, and examining a variety of genres the module tracks the influence of technological, social, political and cultural developments on representations of war. It examines the way in which the war impacted on society, politics, gender and culture, influencing the production of new literatures. The module is designed thematically, to explore the historical period through a range of concepts and ideas. We read the literature back through the experience of a range of wars, considering the historical contexts and the impact of literary development.
The module considers the texts through critical mediums such as historiography, new historicism and cultural materialism, the avant garde as well as through issues of value and taste and gender and sexuality. 

The Legacy of War: Fiction of the 1920s and 19230s
This MA module draws on my more recent research into war and memory in inter-war fiction and explores the impact of the experience of the First World War on literary developments of the 1920s and 1930s, with a primary focus on the novel. It examines the way in which the war impacted on society, politics and culture, influencing the production of new literatures. The module is designed thematically, to explore the historical period through a range of concepts and ideas. We will be reading the literature back through the experience of war and looking forward to the possibility of another war, even more devastating than the first.  

As well as teaching canonical Modernism, my research interest in the First World War enables me to pursue additional, perhaps unexpected strands of Modernist thought and practice.  

Literature and History
This second year module is constructed around another of my research interests that builds on my war work to examine the ways in which literature and history have intersected across the centuries. Here students explore the interface between literature and history over several centuries, focusing particularly on literary representations of 'real' events and characters. It uses a selection of key narrative theories relating to the writing of history and historical fictions to also consider the way sin which literary texts may have impacted on the writing of subsequent histories. 


Research interests

  • War Writing: I have a particular interest in literatures of the First World War, fiction, creative non-fiction, life writing and reportage all of which are represented in my published work on this topic. Also war fiction of the long twentieth century, 1914 to the present, with a particular focus on memory. I have also worked on the idea of 'alternate spaces' of war, moving beyond the most common understanding of war writing and experience to consider more marginalised impressions and perspectives. 

  • Gender and War writing, particularly the First World War. I have a particular specialism in women's writing of the First World War. Much of my published work engages with this directly. Most recently I have explored the experience of women on the Eastern Front through their writings. A specifically gendered experience unique in First World War studies. 

  • War and Memory: Relating to the ways in which war is represented and commemorated across the long twentieth century, 1914 to the present, particularly the ways in which literatures of war contribute to the development of popular and cultural memory. 

  • Discourses of the Women's Suffrage Movement. I am interested in the relationship between the campaign for women's suffrage and the First World War, as explored in my book, Suffrage Discourse in Britain During the First World War. This research is currently being applied to a major AHRC funded project to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of People Act in 1918, working with the University of Lincoln and Vote 100 at Westminster. 

  • Women and Politics in the 1919-1939. I am interested in inter-war fiction, particularly in terms of the ways in which women and politics and politicised women are represented and as part of my ongoing work on fiction and memory in the period 1919-1939. 

  • Modernism and Female Modernisms. I have written a lot about he ways in which women writers of various sorts responded to the experimentation of modernism,  making a particular connection between women's writing of the First World War and developing modernisms. 

  • Literature and History. I am looking at the interface between literature and history through the study of contemporary historical fiction. I am interested in the ways in which fiction impacts on our cultural understanding of/writing of histories.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students


Anna Trussler  on the poetry of Ronald Duncan

·      Lucy Durneen, ‘Everything beautiful is Far Away’ (Creative Writing) 

·      Mary Jacobs ’Politics and Aesthetics in the Literary Work of Sylvia Townsend Warner’.

·    Adhraa Al Shammari who is writing her PhD on the influence of First World War poetry and Modernism on the development of Iraqi war poetry of the 1980s

Grants & contracts


2017 - AHRC Follow on Funding for project 'What Difference Did the War make?' in partnership with the University of Lincoln and Vote 100 , Westminster. 

2013 - AHRC Networking Grant for 'Alternate Spaces of the Great War'. The project will run from 1/09/13 - 31/7/15 and includes partners from University of Lincoln, Queen Mary's London and Oxford Brookes.

February 2003-February 2004 AHRB funded Research leave to complete my Suffrage book. My post-leave report received the highest accreditation from the AHRB

November 2001 – The British Academy paid my expenses to speak at the North American Conference on British Studies, Toronto.

1994-7 British Academy Three Year Studentship for the completion of my PhD

1992-3 British Academy One year Studentship to fund my MA

Research groups

  • Centre for Humanities, Music and Performing Arts Research (HuMPA)
  • English and Creative Writing

Key publications are highlighted

Smith AK & Cowman K 2017 'Introduction' Journal of War and Culture Studies , DOI PEARL
Smith AK 2016 'Outsider Positions: Negotiating Gender, Nationality and Memory in the War Writing of Enid Bagnold' Women's Writing , DOI PEARL
Smith AK 2016 'The Silent Morning: Culture and Memory after the Armistice, Eds. Trudi Tate and Kate Kennedy - Review' Journal of social History
Smith AK 2015 'How to Remember: War, Armistice and Memory in post-1918 British fiction' Journal of European Studies 45, (4) 301-315 PEARL
Smith AK 2015 'The War That Used Up Words: American Writers and the First World War By Hazel Hutchison' Times Higher Education 48-48 PEARL
Smith AK 2015 'Christine E. Hallett. Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War' The American Historical Review 120, (3) 953-955 , DOI
Smith AK 2014 'British Culture and the First World War: Experience, Representation and Memory By Toby Thacker' Times Higher Education (2174) 55-55 PEARL
Smith AK 2014 'The First World War: Still No End In Sight By Frank Furedi' Times Higher Education PEARL
Smith AK 2011 '‘The Mists Which Shroud these Questions’: Mabel St Clair Stobart, the First World War and Faith' Literature and History 20, (2) 1-15
Smith A 2011 ''The Mists Which Shroud these Questions': Mabel St Clair Stobart, the First World War and Faith' LITERATURE & HISTORY-THIRD SERIES 20, (2) 1-15 Author Site
Smith AK 2010 'Reconstructing the Body: Classicism, Modernism, and the First World War. By Ana Carden-Coyne' Cultural and Social History 7, (3) 408-409 , DOI
Smith AK 2003 'The Pankhurst and the War: suffrage magazines and First World War Propaganda' Women's History Review 12, (1) 103-118
Smith AK 2003 'The Pankhursts and the War: Suffrage magazines and First World War propaganda' WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW 12, (1) 103-118 Author Site , DOI
Smith AK 2002 'Women and theatre in the age of suffrage: The Pioneer Players, 1911-1925' WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW 11, (2) 331-332 Author Site
Smith AK 2002 'Working for victory: A diary of life in a Second World War factory' WOMENS HISTORY REVIEW 11, (3) 549-550 Author Site
Smith AK 2000 'That Silly Suffrage: The Paradox of World War 1' Nineteenth Century Feminisms
Smith A 1996 '"Dignified" workers in "honest" professions: The skills and training of the barcelonian working class (1899-1914)' Hispania - Revista Espanola de Historia 56, (193) 655-687
Smith A 1991 'Social Conflict and Trade-Union Organisation in the Catalan Cotton Textile Industry, 1890–1914' International Review of Social History 36, (3) 331-376 , DOI
Smith AK & Barkhof S 2018 War Experience and Memory in Global Cultures Since 1914. Routledge
Smith AK 2017 Gender and warfare in the twentieth century: Textual representations.
Smith AK & Cowman K 2017 Landscapes and voices of the great war. , DOI
Smith AK 2016 British Women of the Eastern Front: War, writing and experience in Serbia and Russia, 1914-20. Manchester University Press
Smith AK & Barkhof S 2014 Introduction: The no-man’s-land of displacement. , DOI
Maunder A & Smith AK 2011 British Literature of World War I. Pickering & Chatto Ltd
Smith AK 2005 Suffrage discourse in Britain during the First World War. Ashgate Pub Co
Smith AK 2004 Gender and warfare in the twentieth century. Manchester Univ Pr
Smith AK 2000 The second battlefield: women, modernism and the First World War. Manchester Univ Pr
Smith AK 2000 Women's writing of the First World War. Manchester Univ Pr
Smith AK & Barkhof S 2018 'Introduction' 1-17 Author Site
Smith AK 2017 'Chicken or hawk? Heroism, masculinity and violence in Vietnam War narratives' Gender and Warfare in the Twentieth Century: Textual Representations 174-194
Smith AK 2017 'Landscapes of memory in centenary fiction' Landscapes and Voices of the Great War 222-240 , DOI
Smith AK & Barkhof S 2015 'War and Displacement in the Twentieth Century: Global Conflicts' in Smith AK; Barkhof S New York and London Routledge 1-277
Bennett GH 2014 ''The French Resister in the Maghreb: French North Africa and the Formation of the Forces Aeriennes Francaises Libres, 1940–41'' in Barkhof S; Smith A War and Displacement in the Twentieth Century: Global Conflicts London Routledge 37-52
Smith AK 2013 '"Beacons of Britishness": British Nurses and Female Doctors as Prisoners of War' in Fell AS; Hallett CE First world War Nursing: New Perspectives Routledge
Smith AK 2007 'The women's movement in wartime' in Fell AS; Sharp I The women's movement in wartime Palgrave MacMillan
2007 'The Women's Movement in Wartime' Palgrave Macmillan UK , DOI
Smith AK 2006 'A companion to Europe' in Martel G A companion to Europe Wiley-Blackwell
Smith AK 2005 'Paroles de femmes dans la guerre (1914-1918)' in Jeune FL Paroles de femmes dans la guerre (1914-1918)
Smith AK 2005 'Women and work culture' in Cowman K; Jackson LA Women and work culture Ashgate Pub Co
Smith AK 0 'Modernity: Approaching the Twentieth Century' A Companion to Europe 1900–1945 Blackwell Publishing Ltd 150-164 , DOI